Do people change?

In a word, yes. It’s a long and constant debate and sometimes I even change my mind. I find myself saying “MEN ARE ALL THE SAME” (and sometimes I really feel like I’m right!) but do people change? Like, if you are a naturally aggressive person and have been since birth, can you change?   In my opinion, absolutely. It starts with the desire to change. And, the acknowledgment about the thing you WANT to change.
If someone says that they ” know ” me and they haven’t spent time with me in the last few years, they don’t know me.
I’m constantly changing and bettering myself (or at least trying to!)
If you knew me a few years ago,
You knew a different person.
You don’t know me.
Dre signing off !
I encourage you to create your best life through food, fitness and fun adventures!
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The importance of V I S I O N

Friends, I urge you to look at your body not from a judgemental place but from a place of potential and inspiration. Because of my line of work I almost always look at a body from my perspective of potential. I actually never look at a body in a judgmental way if I can help it and I always try to come from a place of compassion and I always try to see someone’s potential for their best physique. I think it’s so important to not only know your own capabilities but to look for the potential in other people, and to especially look at your OWN body from a compassionate perspective. You will never reach your full potential and less you can envision it for yourself. You may see an extra tire or maybe some cellulite but I see tummy lines and hamstrings! You need to see it too. It starts with a VISION👁!
Your vision has to take you to YOUR next level. You have to be hopeful and positive. Sometimes it takes years, but the end goal is worth the work. Sometimes failure will be repetitive. Sometimes you will have two horrible years in a row. Sometimes you will get sick three times in a row, and dieting just can’t happen. Sometimes you will book a trip somewhere and something will happen that you can’t go. But if you want something you keep working at it, and it will be worth it.
Marisa, I am not only proud of the work that you’ve done in less than a year but your potential, your drive, your enthusiasm and your trust in me makes me so excited for you for 2016!💪 the growth you’ve made not only physically, your muscle growth and your accomplishments, but mentally as well. Big things ahead!
It starts with a vision. It takes YOU to see YOUR potential. But sometimes, you need a catalyst. And for some people I will be that catalyst. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you that YES, you have amazing genetics and physique for competing. I needed confirmation from my coaches and professionals that I was on the right track. Sometimes people will tell you you CANT and that is just as important as encouragement, because potential isn’t always set in stone either. Sometimes, hard work beats genetics. Sometimes, hard work beats potential.
Madison you have been relentless in your search for a healthier you, and I am so proud of the huge amount of change you made in only two months. I look forward to your changes for 2016! I have never doubted your perseverance or commitment!
Madison H
”Off to a great start for 2016, these photos are a year apart both on New Years with a twenty pound weight loss so far 😊 can’t wait to keep going with my journey. Thanks to my amazing trainer @dreiasmith you are awesome! Got to write down new goals and make 2016 the best year yet!💕”madison heggieNew Years
Fitness challenge 2015
Mad H


I am so in love with my Footmark bag. Honestly, I travel so much, I move around a lot, Im in and out of the house, and my job depends on having my laptop, gym stuff, and anything I could possibly need at all times.   IMG_0773 IMG_0783 I bring that bag with me everywhere Daniel does too. I used to have a Sixpack bag and it was just too big, and I didn’t want to carry around that many meals per day. I really only need 2. I am getting the new Tote soon so I will review it when I see it! As of right now, I have the backpack and I am obsessed! If you’re in school and eating healthy/traveling is important to you, I seriously highly recommend this bag!     Check my video review here:  

I am.

“I am exactly where I want to be. I am living my dream life.  One of my family members asked me today if I could do any job in the world, what would I do, and I couldn’t think of anything else I would rather be doing.  There is NO place I would rather be.
And I am here because I worked my butt off. If you know me, you know that I do whatever I want to do. I was born with a delusional blind faith that I truly believe I can do whatever I want. I always get whatever I want, and I won’t stop until I accomplish what I want. When I fall, I cry for a bit, and then my amazing friends remind me who I am and what I am capable of. That is why I will continue to move forward and CONTINUE to kick major ass for my friends, for YOU, my clients, and for myself. And I encourage YOU, to live your dream life.”

Staying strong throughout the holidays!

Here’s something you need to realize.
You won’t have any less of a good time at a party or outing because you’re not eating the same food they are. You’re there, you’re an awesome person, you’re just not eating the same things they are.
I turned down desserts and chocolates … And I still had A good time. The logic is, this action doesn’t bring me closer to my goal, so no thanks.
Pick and choose your holiday splurges. Be selective. Aged fine cheeses? Ok I’ll have a bite. Dollar store chocolate? No thanks. Random store bought cookie? No. Grandmas homemade cookies? Yes. Just one.
Be strong, pick and choose, and remember the end goal. It’s your body. If your goal is to lose weight over the holidays, then do it. Remember that only you are responsible for what goes in your body and nobody else, don’t let saboteurs convince you otherwise. Just enjoy yourself and be lively and fun and you’ll be so glad you stayed focused. If someone asks why you don’t want a particular thing they’re offering, just say you ate too much (insert food item here) yesterday and you can’t even look at another (food item) 🍪🍹🍨🍭🍦🍫🍿🍰🍮 #foodhangover
it’s been years so my family and friends are used to it but saying “I’m trying to lose weight” to a bunch of people who think and know that you’re perfect is hard. Just make sure you’re eating enough calories for your goals of course!! Under eating I don’t condone. Be smart, and go with a good coach if you need more guidance.
These are the little tricks that work for me, maybe not for everyone but when you have a goal, YOU GOTTA DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO!
Especially my competitive gals I’m looking at you !!!🙃😏😘
Another tip- wear jeans. Wear something tight and not super forgiving. Comfortable of course, but I like a reminder pinch if my pants are feeling insanely tight after a meal. It’s my little reminder to not have that 3rd helping, and to maybe just nurse a glass of wine until home time.
Of course, not for the main dinner though. Wear yoga pants for That one! 🎁🎉🎄🎅
Happy new year !

The last week of 2015…

So … THE QUESTION IS, why am I blogging again?
uhhh I actually don’t know.
Sorry if you were hoping for a reason. But maybe after a while we can all come to a solution together?
Let’s start with me introducing myself.
I am Andrea. I grew up in Canada, my family traveled a lot. I come from a relatively large family of four siblings, and my mother and father who are still together. My mom is a very cute (and short) Portuguese woman with a firecracker personality. My dad is a Canadian man of dutch, polish and irish descent, and he’s very tall and broad and muscular. I got the best of both worlds- I am average height, big portuguese booty from mom, broad shoulders from my dad, and I have light brown hair but dye it blonde. My sister had dark blonde hair, and dyes it darker. Go figure right!
IMG_2033< Mom and Dad. (Switzerland) Note the height difference HAHA
I went to a french immersion school growing up, while speaking portuguese to my grandmother who lived with us at home. So, I grew up tri-lingual.
 My mom was an only child so my grandmother came from portugal to help her out with the four kids, four kids in under 5 years! way to go mom. My dad worked a lot so she needed some help.
IMG_2027 How fabulous is this? I used to make the four of us do shows for my parents. I am assuming this was a fantastic finale.
The four of us siblings are all average height, and pretty dang good looking if I do say so myself. We don’t look alike, but we all have similar eyes, so I’m fairly certain that neither of us are the milk mans child.
IMG_2028 IMG_2030IMG_2029      WE HAVE FUN…. when I get to see them. *tear*
I went to an all girls preparatory Catholic school for six years and graduated from there. (With Honours)… just kidding. But if I did say that, not one of you would know if that was true or not. 😉
I studied sciences for three years at University of Manitoba, changed my mind, studied some Religion courses and business courses while I figured out what I wanted to do, then…. quit everything and started my own business.
NATURALLY my mom and dad were SO PLEASED… *sarcasm*
I competed avidly for about six years, and have taken the last year off. From the age of 20 ish to about 26 I was completely entrenched in fitness and everything it had to offer. I will get into detail about that at another time!
I managed to win my pro card, place top ten in the world, and I was featured in several magazines until I accomplished my ultimate goal of getting on a magazine cover in 2014. I have traveled a lot and I have lived in: Victoria BC, Winnipeg MB, Los Angeles CA, Belfast UK, and now I am living in Durban South Africa. My boyfriend is from South africa and we met in Vegas competing in 2013.  And I will go into detail about that one day too soon.
Personality wise, I am very easy going and intuitive. I love life and everything it has to offer. I love hard, I love my friends family and partners an insane amount. I enjoy food and fitness, and my life goals are to empower other others to see their true worth and potential, and lastly to make a lasting impact in this world in a positive way.
At least this is what I tell myself hahaha.
My blogs will focus on:
and anything else I dang well choose to write about or review.
I am targeting fun loving, life living awesome individuals who want to make and see the most of this world as possible.
When I was blogging before, which I still wish I had those posts somewhere, I was in my very early twenties and my posts were completely about fitness and the journey that I was one. (Also, I was and am hilarious so gear up for some sweet memes and pics… I also feel you should know, I am very sarcastic so please know this when you read my blogs!)
I am excited to share some thoughts with the internets.
I aim to motivate, inspire, and educate a few people on different things, products, and maybe even make you crack a smile or two.

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People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.
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Fred Bloggs $100M Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? So Jane x 1,000.
Jane Bloggs $100B With hair like that?! Enough said…

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